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  • Rolling Memory Sphere
  • Bowls
  • The Kindertransport Quilt Project
  • The Anne Frank Project
  • Judaica Art Projects

  • Rolling Memory Sphere


    Embedded railroad tracks represent the transport of 6,000,000 men, women and children to their final destination. The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are carved in the clay memorializing their names. "SHISHA MILLION" and "ZACHOR" are glazed in solid black. The scattered letters beneath the track symbolize those who perished. In recognition of the tradition to place a stone when visiting a gravesite, the small pebbles on the ground were found by visitors who went to Poland, Germany and Czechoslovakia. They were placed here to remind us to never forget.
    "SHISHA MILLION" (six million) and "ZACHOR" (remember) <back to top>


    Bowls


    This series of bowls is a result of my inspiration to use hand carved stamps to alter a like surface and to create unique impressions. While all of my bowls are made from a common mold, no two surfaces are identical. Letters and of images of nature are used repeatedly to enhance the individuality of the finished works of art.


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    The Kindertransport Quilt Project


    Gail is passionate in her mission to infuse the arts into educational curriculums as a vehicle to teach the history of the Holocaust to the next generation. One of her most successful endeavors in this arena was spearheading the permanent installation of the Kindertransport Memory Quilts in the Holocaust Memorial Center. The quilts are composed of 65 individual squares documenting the organized rescue of children before the outbreak of World War II from Nazi Germany, Nazi occupied Austria and the Czech lands. Approximately 10,000 Jewish youth, between the ages of 7 months and 17 years, were rescued from Eastern Europe and taken in sealed trains and boats to Great Britain, the only country to willing to open its doors to them. The purpose of the quilts, created in 1988 by Kirsten and Anita Grosz, was to provide the now ageing, rescued kinder with an avenue to express their experiences. The completed quilts are not only beautiful works of art, but they document the largest rescue effort of the Holocaust period and display one of the few bright lessons of the Holocaust. Her role involved conservation of the quilts, proper museum framing and installation, fundraising and the designing of an interactive exhibit. This exhibit can be seen on the Holocaust Memorial Center website  <back to top>


    The Anne Frank Project


    “For there is hope for the tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.”  Job 14:7

    Gail spearheaded a campaign to be a recipient of a sapling from the Anne Frank Tree from a competition sponsored by The Anne Frank Center, U.S.A.  Along with the White House Gardens and 911 Gardens, The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, was chosen to be among the eleven sites to receive a sapling from the original Anne Frank Tree in Amsterdam.  The proposal included an exhibit design, educational displays, a simulated attic and an outdoor garden. 

    The tree inspired Anne to believe in the power of hope and tolerance and will now inspire the thousands of visitors to share the lessons as they visit the Holocaust Memorial Center each year.  <back to top>


    Judaica


    Gail’s mission is to infuse the arts into educational curriculums as a vehicle to enhance the students’ spiritual connections. With this belief, she created the Yada Yada Yad Judaica Art Projects, giving students and synagogue members the chance to craft their own Judaica including yads, kiddush cups, candlesticks, menorahs and more. As one Rabbi said, “I don’t need to tell you that the opportunity to use a personal yad, handmade by the student, increases the beauty of the Bnai Mitvah simcha."

    Forever a lover of hardware and always a puzzle fanatic, Kaplan provides a treasure of unique beads, nuts, bolts, metal rods and fittings. In the tradition of Hiddur Mitzvah, beautifying of the commandment, students all over the world can now create their own yads.    <back to top>